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NO! Much to the dismay of our children we are definitely not in favor of screens in the bedroom. We have friends who allow their kiddos to have TVs, Xboxes, etc in their rooms and believe me we hear about how unfair life is from our children all the time. We don't feel comfortable with unsupervised screen time, not so much for what they watch (although as they get older that concern grows) but more for the amount of time spent on the screen. It's already a battle in our house at times and having the opportunity to have a TV in their rooms would just make it worse. However....my husband and I might actually get a chance to relax.
This is really dependent on the kids' age. But not before they are teenagers
Eh, it depends on your kid, I didn't until I had my own studio apartment. I had a computer in my room in high school though, which essentially served the same purpose. But think about it this way, as long as the TV is outside their room they have a reason to come out, which is a good thing.
I did not allow a TV in my daughter's room when she was growing up. Surprisingly it was a decision my TV-loving ex-husband agreed with. When we finally split up I counted five TVs in our house but none of them were in her bedroom. I have read that TVs in the bedroom can be disruptive to sleep and make it difficult for kids to do well in school. My daughter does allow my grandchildren to have TVs, but when they stay here they sleep in a dark, quiet room free of distractions.
No way, Jose! She has a bookshelf in her room and that provides enough distraction at bedtime!
We sure do. We waited until an appropriate age for him, around 13. Our child is an avid reader, so we didn't need to worry about TV as an exchange for reading. Each child is different and can handle stimulation at variable levels. It worked for us to monitor it for a while, but he was able to set the timer and help control screen time on his own. We set boundaries. We had bumps along the way. Over all, it wasn't too disruptive to his environment.
Yes, for both our 10 and 12 year olds. We have parental controls set so anything with a TV rating of 14+ is blocked from their tv. We have also blocked it so it turns off at a certain time (9pm) and not back on until morning. This was a consequence when our son was watching tv later than he should've. It was effective, hasn't happened since.